Since I’m making the transition from living in Canada to living in Jamaica in the new year, today is the first post under my new category called “Living In Jamaica”. Things are just different there and I find pure entertainment in everything about Jamaica! So here’s the first installment – shopping at Baschco!
For those of you who don’t know Bashco, it’s an everything store much like every other store in Jamaica. Have you ever noticed that a lot of stores have “….and more” after the name on the signs? Or that every store is a “variety” store? I was even driving in the countryside one day and there was a store sign that read “Just Hoses…..and more” How could a store be JUST something, but also “and more”?? I love Jamaica.
So back to Bashco in Ocho Rios. I have my own apartment in Jamaica now and I needed to fill it with all the conveniences one needs when they live somewhere – such as household cleaning supplies, storage containers, and things of that nature. I went to Bashco because they literally do have everything a household could want.
I really wish I had taken pictures so you could see how the place was laid out. You walk in the front door and there’s ONE aisle straight down the center of the store with a magnitude of random goods everywhere. The place has every product either tied down or stapled to the walls, or sitting out on display tables all around you and each item has a price and a number code taped to it. The object of the game in Bashco is to walk through with a piece of paper and a pencil and write down the numbers corresponding to the items you need.
What I noticed about items here in Jamaica – things that would be about $5.00 at Walmart back home are about $15.00 in Jamaica. Like I had to buy some large Rubbermaid type containers and they were ridiculously overpriced compared to what I could have paid back home. But things like pot scrubbers came in packs of more than you can use in a lifetime, for dirt cheap! I’m sure if I calculated the price of the pack to how many was in the pack they’d be about one cent each LOL!
Once you have a long list of random numbers you have to give it to a lady working behind a wire cage, she is like the warehouse lady. All the products are stored in the warehouse behind that cage and she takes your paper, compiles all your products and gives you a receipt for the total amount owing. You then have to take that receipt and lose your place in line to go to the very back of the store to pay. The payment person is behind a wall with a hole in it that’s so small you can’t see who you’re paying. You put the receipt and your cash through the hole, they give you back your change and a “paid” receipt through the hole.
After the hole in the wall you make your way back to the original line at the cage, give them back the “paid” receipt and they give you the big pile of items you just bought. So I left the store with a big blue container full of brooms, mops, cutlery, scrubbers, etc.
The absolute funniest thing about the whole shopping trip is that I bought a power bar with multiple plug-ins for my computer set up at the apartment. Well anything you buy at Bashco that needs to be plugged in they tell you to take it to the power outlet at the front of the store, open the package and test it to see if it works LOL! So we went to the front of the store where there was a small line of people plugging electrical items in to make sure they work before they take it home.
ONLY in Jamaica………